Yoga Anatomy Articles


Standing postures use our feet and legs as our base. They're fundamental postures in most styles of yoga asana practice.

The yoga anatomy articles are organized into categories such as, InjuriesPosturesYour QuestionsYogaAnatomyYoga Anatomy Research Project, and even Yoga Adjustments.


They are also broken down more specifically by muscles, bandhas, breathing, sit bone pain, shoulders, psoas, and knee pain.


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How Much Muscular Effort Is Used In Standing Yoga Postures?

Recent research evaluates physical effort needed to do common standing yoga postures and explains how that effort compares to walking.…
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How Can Yoga Help My Sit Bone Pain From Cycling?

Learn how yoga can potentially help with sit bone pain from cycling as well as sit bone pain from other…
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Alignment In Triangle Pose: What’s Correct?

Learn why the style of triangle pose and tensional patterns throughout the whole chain of joints affect our alignment in…
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Balancing Effort And Ease: Are You Working Too Hard In Yoga?

Balancing effort and ease is an important part of your yoga practice. Here are some tips to determine if you’re…
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Yoga Reduces Tension Type Headache Symptoms

Research suggests yoga can reduce tension-type headache symptoms, but does not improve migraines. Learn more about yoga and headaches.…
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Muscular Imbalance Created by Yoga Practice?

Does muscular action in yoga create an imbalance between pushing muscles and pulling muscles? Find out in this article!…
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What Are The Mechanics Of Lowering Into Chaturanga?

Learn why the key to lowering into chaturanga is doing two things at once: maintaining an active serratus anterior and…
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A Comprehensive Guide To The Shoulder In Yoga

This post is a comprehensive look at the shoulder in its entirety. We share a detailed breakdown of the shoulder…
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Yoga Improves Cognitive Function And Mood

Recent research that suggests low intensity yoga practice can improve cognitive function and mood in sedentary young adults.…
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Where Should Your Elbow Crease Point In Upward Dog?

What alignment should we look for in the elbow crease in upward dog? Learn why that’s related to the position…
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What Do I Need To Strengthen To Maintain Handstand?

Learn why why serratus anterior is often the key muscle that you need to strengthen in order to maintain a…
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What Causes Low Back Pain?

Learn about the many complex sources of low back pain and get some direction for working with low back pain…
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How Does Yoga Reduce Stress?

A recent review paper shares several models for how embodiment through yoga postures could reduce perception of stress and help…
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When To Heal The Body With Yoga And When To Get Outside Help

When is healing with yoga not enough? If a body issue is not improving and you’ve come to the end…
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How Do You Protect The Knees In Warrior One?

Learn how to modify the hip and foot placement to protect the knees in warrior one and find out why…
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Sciatica, Piriformis Syndrome, And Yoga

Learn the difference between sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and other sources of sciatica-like pain. Find out when yoga can be helpful.…
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Does Headstand Increase Blood Flow To Your Brain?

Recent research indicates that doing headstand does not increase the blood flow to the brain for otherwise healthy practitioners.…
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Practicing Yoga After Meniscus Surgery

David shares his own experience with a meniscus tear to help answer the question: how do you practice yoga after…
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How Should You Move The Hips Or The Neck During Twisting Poses?

Learn when you might not want to move the hips or neck with the spine when doing twisting poses and…
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Do Cooling Pranayama Techniques Actually Cool The Body?

Recent research evaluated the effects of two pranayama techniques. Researchers found the pranayama techniques did not cool the body.…
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Should You Practice Yoga During Your Menstrual Cycle?

Find out what aspects of your practice to consider modifying when practicing yoga during your menstrual cycle.…